In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, the campus community offered support through “Together with Japan,” a series of events aimed at raising awareness and funds for the American Red Cross in Japan. The collaborative effort involved the Global Center for Education; the Office of Service, Spirituality and Social Responsibility; the Asian American Coalition; AfterTaste club; Art House; and the Service, Engagement and Activism Board of the Student Government Association.
During one event, the rich culture of Japan was highlighted in Balfour-Hood through music, food, displays and activities, including the making of paper cranes. Another event, an evening of reflection and education in Cole Memorial Chapel, provided an opportunity for the members of the Norton Japanese community to share their feelings and thoughts about the disasters in their homeland, and offered a chance for Wheaton science professors to discuss some of the possible long-term effects resulting from the disasters. The Sun Chronicle (Attleboro, Mass.) wrote about the outreach efforts.